Ok I have a huge stack of pattern paper. I know I need to buy or make some kind of shelving unit or sorter for them but how you decide what papers go where and with what. colors? types of pattern? HELP!!
It kind of is a personal preference. one person's way might not work for another. Personally I have my pps sorted by themes,(vintage/shabby chic, seasonal with any holidays associated with them, and neutrals) stored in stacking drawers from Walmart.
But I know other people like sorting by brand and then by collection within each brand, some store them in cropper hoppers. I've seen others sorted by color. So there are really a lot of different ways you could do it. I just did trial and error to find the way that works best for me.
I used to store mine by themes, but I don't really purchase many themed papers so that did not work for me. I have mine sorted by manufacturer, then collection. All of my paper is in the Cropper Hopper file thingies on the bottom shelves: Close up of Jetmax By Siameseplease
I still haven't labeled them, but I'll get to it eventually. I do have Christmas papers all together, regardless of manufacturer. Otherwise, they're sorted into categories like: American Crafts, Basic Grey, Graphic 45, Webster's Pages, etc. The files are in alphabetical order by manufacturer, which is why I haven't really needed to label them yet. I can still find them all at this point.
Definitely a personal choice--I keep all of my single pieces of PP organized first by with the extra strip and without; and then according to color (ROYGBIV in my hanging folders). I kept missing papers that didn't have the strip when I was thumbing through because something was caught between two with the strips. Now I mostly buy pack of paper (Basic Grey, Echo Park etc.) so I keep the packs together, and all of the packs in a hanging folder box.
I need to do this so bad...I got a box of 12x12 paper that has no organization at all, then a few by my desk. then in a drawer I have all kinds of mix matched papers and scraps just all thrown together... I want to sort it out paper vs card stock then by colour... just gotta do it!
I really want to buy some more of these containers and put the misc. ones by color - the misc. ones are dots and stripes and patterns. Next time I buy a stack of these they will be labelled red, blue, etc.
I constantly use themed ones and I like being able to get to them quickly.
the best advice I've heard is to scrap a page...and note to yourself how you think while scrapping.
do you think, I need pink...store by color
if you think, I need baby girl...store by theme
if you think, I need basic grey...store by manuf
I have Cropper Hoppers and some shelving...I have most of mine stored by manuf with collections together. The Basic Greys, Sassafrass, Stampin' Up, Websters Pages, Fancy Pants... BUT those that are not one of the 'name' manufacturers are by theme.
I also use wood closet shelves...the lower ones, turned upside down, and store my paper stacks underneath the cropper hoppers.
I'm a themey scrapper, so I store by themes in 12x12 stacking racks from Target.
Themes I use:
Boy- Soft and sweet
Boy- Vibrant Fun
Girl- Hot Pinks
Girl- soft and sweet
Family- browns and warm
Then more specific themes I store in an album divided with page protecters holding the papers and embellies:
Boy themes (fireman, cowboy, candy)
I store mine by pattern (dots, stripes, floral, etc.) and theme (Christmas, birthday, cats, etc.) in a four of these Doodlebug organizer things. And I have so many cat papers, they're in their own cropper hopper. My cardstock is also in 4 cropper hoppers.
But it's true that it's a personal preference - you may sort it one way now and realize that you scrap in a different way. No rule says you can't change horses in midstream!
For me: I scrap by color except for seasonal stuff. So seasons are in plastic bins marked : Christmas, Halloween, etc.
My other exception is star wars paper and John Deere paper and paper such as these for my kids- they are labeled like the seasonal ones higher on the shelf since I don't use them all the time.
But my main filing is by color and within that color (crop hopper holder) I have a divider that separates colored pattern paper. For example:
1 crop hopper is labeled orange
within that holder is a divider and it say patterned and will hold orange patterened paper.
Sometimes I have a whole holder for colored patterned such as black and white patterned...I have a lot of it so it gets its own holder just like the other colors.
Mine are sorted by mfr. Then if I have enough by collection. Mine are also in the vert. cropper hoppers. I also have a section where it is a mish mash of mfr because I don't have enough of that particular one. Then those are sorted by theme. But it really is a personal choice.
I have some by color, some by theme, and some by manufacturer. I used to pull apart all my DC paper packs, but now I just leave them together, then I can find coordinating pages easier. I use cropper hoppers and the wire racks you can get at office depot. I also have the wire paper racks that stand on the floor that the stores use. HTH!
So you can tell, it's all personal preference. I have two Cropper Hopper hanging file carts. The first one contains Patterned Paper by color - what is the pimary color I see when I look at that sheet. In addition, there is a folder for "pastel pattern", "primary pattern", and "neutral pattern" because some contained several colors in about the same amount. The second is for papers filed by theme. If a paper is defiitely for boys, it goes into that folder; girls; Christmas; Fall; winter; Summer. The Fall one contains halloween and thanksgiving as well as I don't have a lot of those; summer contains 4th of July, etc.
I have my pp sorted in a CIS paper holder by main color or what ever color jumps out at me most. I don't have much pp any more as I am trying to only buy for specific projects and not have a big stash. I have seperate folders for seasonal pp - Christmas/Halloween/Valen tine's Day/July 4th so I only have to pull those out when using them and not have so much to sort through every time I need paper. Most of the time I make up page kits after I have printed photos. I like page kits even for use at home so if I only have an hour or so, there is a good chance I could complete a page.
seasonal (winter, spring, summer, fall in sep protectors)
misc (for stuff that doesn't 'fit' into a catergory)
CoreD'nations in their own drawer
8 1/2X 11 in a sep drawer
All packs stay together (so much easier this way!)except for scraps, which gets thrown into a box under the bed.
I only keep the themes Christmas and Travel.
Then I have manufacturer for a few cause I tend to buy quite a lot by certain manufacturers. Only about 4, the rest are sorted by colour.
CS is sorted by colour in a seperate Cropper Hopper.
Papers and card-stock I bought in packs stay in packs. Papers I bought singly are in two bags: Basic Grey, and everything else. Luckily I don't have so much that I can't remember what I have. All my 12x12 stuff fits in one 6" magazine holder.
with it being a personal preference said, maybe you could poke around in the scraproom gallery for ideas of people's storage spaces and maybe something will trigger an idea of what would work best for you.
I store my solid papers toger by size, then I just group together (or at least try to) my loose sheets by the categories I tend to use most.
Heritage, wedding, travel (I have no kids at home and I'm not a g.ma yet so I rarely do baby LO's) so if I have a few sheets that I would just go through my misc. pile. Then the paper packs/tablets I just stack on top of each other and pull the packs out that could go with whatever theme it would go good with, pull my loose pp's of the theme, decide between those what I want to use and then pull my solids to match the colors in the pp's I chose and start scrapping. But how to store them will depend on the storage containers you like and the space you have to keep them.
I also have the same problem with storing embellishments (brads, eyelets, jewels/gems, and other misc. things) So I made these:
one for each color. I store by primary color instead of by item, so if I need something blue I open up my blue canister. I have bigger containers for white, black, browns, and metal pieces (not shown in the photo).
I have all single sheets in drawers sorted by color. Solids and patterns are together, but all the same color theme. However, I do have a few collections that I have kept intact. There are complementary designs in them that go so well together. I know if I separate the collection by color I do not have the creative ability to see the opportunities that the papers present on my own!!
I literally just organized my PILE of pp. I did mine by color. I took apart all of my pads of paper and cut off all the manufacturer information then grouped them by color. I don't think in terms of "Oh, I need Basic Grey" I think I need something in pink or blue to go with this picture. It really is in how you scrapbook.
Mostly, my patterned paper is sorted by manufacturer. My cardstock is sorted by color.
The only variation is a few themes such as Boy Scouts, Sport and School. Those are themes that I tend to scrap in mass when I pull out those pictures, so it's easier to be able to pull out everything I have at the same time. I do feed from my other papers when doing those themes, but after a while you get to know which manufacturer makes the 'look' you need to compliment those themes.
I really need to sort my pp. I search for colours when I'm working on a project, so that's how I'll be sorting mine. I already do it with all the scraps, but its such a huge job to go through all the patterned papers to find the one colour in a pattern I like for my projects I end up spending more time looking for paper than doing the actual project.
Like a couple others, I keep collections together until there are only a couple pieces then they are sorted by color in hanging file folders. Cardstock is in wire racks sorted by color. Scraps are sorted by color and kept in hanging files.
I recently scored an extra long rack (3 feet, adjustable width) for hanging file folders. It was originally used to hold accordian folded print-outs that no one uses anymore. Keep your eyes peeled, there are lots of them that are being thrown out.
Mainly I have mine organized in cropper hoppers by brand and collection. I have the outsides of each labeled. If I have relatively flat embellishments that go with the collection, I will store those with the papers.
I have a few organized by theme instead of brand/collection, but those are mainly Christmas and other holidays.
I store mine in Cropper Hoppers, divided by labeled filing dividers by pattern. That is, plaids, stripes, holidays, flowers, boys, girls, etc. Works great.
This is how I sort mine as well. But, within each theme, they're also sorted my dominant color in ROYGBIV order. Then paper packs or collections get their own CH folder. Solid CS is also divided into CH's by color, with each color being sorted from light to dark. Working with granddaughter's pics, I love using flowers. Pull the flower folder, find a color that matches the pics (say purple), maybe a little stripe to coordinate, pull stripes folder in same color, a little solid CS for mats or Cricut Title from the solid folder. Scraps are then stored in 8 1/2x11 plastic drawers, also by color, but not theme.
I have not found a way that I like to put all the paper in groups but I bought a paper wrap from a scrapbook store going out of business. At least I am able to get a quick view of the stack/books that I have and then the loose paper in a couple of spots. I go through from time to time and pull out paper that hits my mood at the moment then keep adding coordinating papers. I keep those together in a paper drawer for my next scrap day. I is indeed a personal thing that it hard if you do not have lots of room but have lots of paper. I resemble that case.